Politics and its Discontents: Drowning In Our Excesses

The news is alarming, the statistics incredible, the implications dire. A convergence of factors, not the least of which is climate change, is causing rapid ice-sheet melting in Greenland. It is estimated to be losing 40 trillion pounds more ice per year than had been previously thought. We will soon be drowning in our excesses. ...

Politics and its Discontents: Scenes From Hell, And A Small Effort At Climate-Change Adaptation

It may seem rather pararochial that whenever I post video showing the current effects of climate change, I almost always post scenes from North America, despite the fact that floods, fires, heatwaves and other such apocalyptic signs are present throughout much of the world. Part of the reason is that compelling video of such disasters ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Truth Is Not Out There- It’s Right Here

Fox Mulder of the X-Files got it wrong. He believed that the truth was ‘out there;’ in fact, it is right here, but as the Mound of Sound said in a recent post, we live in “a world full of fact-resistant humans.” Our capacity for denial seems almost limitless, perhaps most tragically attested to by ...

Politics and its Discontents: It’s Called "Nuisance Flooding"

Posted by MoS, the Disaffected Lib: It’s the latest term spawned by climate change – “nuisance flooding.” According to Insurance Journal, nuisance flooding is the periodic flooding being experienced due to rising sea levels. Eight of the top 10 U.S. cities that have seen an increase in nuisance flooding – which causes such public inconveniences ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Stark Prediction of Sea Level Rise By 2040

Posted by MoS, the Disaffected Lib: There have been a number of reports over the past year or two that, taken collectively, seem to point to major changes underway in the Arctic. It’s not one thing but a number of changes that are synergistic, each building on the other. These include the rapidly warming Arctic ...

Politics and its Discontents: Tar Sands Refinery Cries "Uncle" on Climate Change – Seeks Taxpayer Bailout

The Delaware City Refining Company doesn’t just refine oil, it refines bitumen from the Tar Sands. The company, however, is intensely aware of the dangers of climate change, so much so in fact that it’s seeking tax dollars to protect its refinery from “tidal encroachment” – another way of saying sea level rise. The Delaware ...

Politics and its Discontents: While Harper Fiddles, Canada Burns

There have been so many developments on the climate front of late that, collectively, give us a pretty stark warning and yet the media, the public and our political leadership are tuning out. We seem to be culturally embracing a sort of Andean fatalism that seems to precede abrupt civilizational decline. Perhaps we’re hampered by ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Lethal Dysfunction Of The Far Right: A Mound of Sound Guest Post

Problem: you’re already getting hammered by early-onset climate change. Solution: deny it’s happening, look the other way, think happy thoughts. It sounds ridiculously dysfunctional and it is but that is the approach being taken by governments, state and municipal, in parts of the American south. Take North Carolina, for example, where the uber-rightwing state legislature ...

Politics and its Discontents: Prognosis: Grim

Kevin Farmer, the lead letter-writer in today’s Star, captures nicely, I think, the irrational nature of humanity that does not bode well for our collective future: Re: Antarctic melt greatest in 1,000 years, May 16 As humanity continues to avoid meaningful action on climate change, an unavoidable future of climate catastrophe continues to take shape. ...

LeDaro: Global Warming and melting of Icebergs

Global warming is real and deniers must pay attention. It is an alarming change as sea-levels will be rising and the people living near the sea-shores will lose their homes. Also, people living near the arctic and similar areas are losing their way of life. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about ...

DeSmogBlog: As The Maldives Slowly Erode Away: A Review Of "The Island President" Documentary

photo4thumb.jpg Mohamed "Anni" Nasheed caught widespread attention when he held a cabinet meeting underneath the sea in the months leading up to the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009. He continued to captivate negotiators, governments, and climate advocates with his frank and outspoken demeanor, sometimes for better or for worse. As the President of the Maldives, ...